Obesity and diabetes linked with low testosterone

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While fat shaming is completely unacceptable and rather regressive in terms of media set beauty standards, when people joke about fat men being impotent, they’re unintentionally probably not very far from being wrong. While obesity is linked to heart disease and diabetes among a million other issues, a rather shocking and impacting linkage is even formed with low testosterone levels in obese men. A few authoritative medical studies show a significant link between the two issues where up to forty percent obese men had lower than normal testosterone readings.


As the body mass index of the obese people increase, testosterone levels fall further. Similarly diabetes too lowers the testosterone levels similar to the way weight gain of twenty pounds does. While physicians and medical experts already monitor diabetic men for low testosterone levels, the prevalence of low testosterone in obese men has become so significant that physicians around the world have increasingly started to make monitoring their levels more common.


While most men with diabetes irrespective of whether or not they are obese, have lower testosterone levels, a very high percentage of non-diabetic obese men have significantly low testosterone levels as compared with non-diabetic and non-obese men. It only keeps falling lower as the BMI increases. With obesity and diabetes both rising by the minutes in younger population, men need to be particularly concerned about keeping their health in order especially in the prime reproductive years so as to be able to reproduce as well as enjoy a healthy sex life.


Obesity and diabetes both have sugar as a common cause and especially in India we follow a culture of gifting sweets for just about every happy to moderately happy to obligatory situation. Artificial sweeteners are equally bad since they contain questionable ingredients linked with cancers. Either people need to stop caring about the sweet taste altogether, which is rather difficult because we all love to indulge, or switch to healthy alternatives like Stevia, which has been consumed all over the world for a long time and started to pick up in India as well among the health conscious category.


Ensure that the brand is FSSAI approved and does not have additive ingredients such as sucrose, sucralose, lactose, dextrose and maltodextrin. As long as it is Stevia and erythritol, it is safe for diabetics, obese people and everyone else to consume as it is naturally zero calorie and doesn’t impact the insulin levels either. Another important aspect to remember is that just because some product says its natural, don’t blindly believe it, check ingredients on the label behind for everything I’ve mentioned above, look for the license and only then buy, whether in store or online. This should manage your sweet cravings for the rest of your life without adding a single calorie and also impacting your overall health positively. As far as other precautions are concerned such as a balanced diet, exercise, no smoking and limiting alcohol consumption, you need to take care of it and yourself such that you can enjoy life in every aspect.





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